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Evaluation of a vermicompost and leachates on Solidago x hybrida and organic carbon mineralization under aerobic incubations

Ramírez Gerardo MG1, MA Chávez-García2, J Mejía-Carranza2

1 Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Villa Guerrero. Carretera federal Toluca-Ixtapan de la sal. La Finca Villa Guerrero, Estado de México, Méx. C.P. 51763. ,
2 Centro universitario UAEM Tenancingo. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMex), Carretera Tenancingo-Villa Guerrero km 1.5, Edo de México, México.

* Corresponding Authors:Address Correspondence to: Marithza Guadalupe Ramírez Gerardo, e-mail: email email

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2015, 84(2), 397-406.


In the floriculture region of Tenancingo in the State of Mexico, the application of stabilized organic matter, such as vermicompost and leachates, contributes to improve the quality of the soil and plant nutrition. However, it is important to know the chemical composition of a vermicompost and the mineralization process. This is because the amount and speed of nutrient release which will be available to the crop will depend on that knowledge. The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of the application of a vermicompost and leachates on various quantitative variables of Solidago x hybrid, and the mineralization of organic carbon under aerobic incubations. Vermicompost (74 and 36 g/kg soil), leachates (5 and 10 L/kg soil), 0.33 g/kg soil of chemical fertilizer Ca (NO3)2, and not treated soil (control) were applied under greenhouse conditions to evaluate their effects on plant growth variables. Mixtures of 100 g of soil with vermicompost and leachates were made in the laboratory which were incubated during 9 weeks to obtain the potentially mineralizable organic carbon (Corg PM) and the rate of mineralization (k) after adjusting an exponential model. In the greenhouse experiment there were no statistical differences after applying vermicompost and leachates on the quantitative variables (number of stems per plant, diameter of the panicle, fresh weight, plant length and stem diameter) with respect to the control (p>0.05). The effect among the applied doses was evident only for variables such as fresh weight, panicle length and stem diameter with respect to the control. In incubated soils, k values ranged between 0.209-0.325 C mg/kg soil/week. Only with the application of leachates in high doses two pools of organic matter were shown: one soluble labile (102.9 mg/kg soil) and the other hydrolysable (819 mg/kg soil). The soluble, labile fraction favored nutrient availability immediately after its application to the soil. However, a single pool of hydrolysable organic C (987-1074 mg/kg soil) was found when vermicompost was applied. It was associated with a release of organic matter during crop development, and to a possible stimulation of microbial activity. High values of electrical conductivity in vermicompost and leachates (8.2-11.7 mS/m) suggest a moderate application of both products.


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MG, R. G., Chávez-García, M., Mejía-Carranza, J. (2015). Evaluation of a vermicompost and leachates on Solidago x hybrida and organic carbon mineralization under aerobic incubations. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 84(2), 397–406.

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